Community Arts & Cultural Development

The Warlu Collection

The Warlu Collection is a fashion collaboration with senior Warlpiri artists & Elders from Nyirripi outstation, a four-hour drive from Alice Springs.

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Collaboration and partnership are at the heart of NORTH’s ethos and are critical to our success. We work collaboratively with art centres and artists at each stage of the production lifecycle. Once our products are launched, we share the outcomes with art centres and artists because ours is a story of shared success.

The Warlu collection is being developed in collaboration with community and each garment sold will provide income to artists – providing a source of income to their remote desert community.

Warlukurlangu Arts, our partner art centre, is not only the heart of Nyirripi but also a major source of income for families in the area. Through their artworks, elder artists teach younger generations about important cultural traditions and stories, passing on knowledge that has come to them from their ancestors. More than 40 artists are actively involved in the art centre.

The mission of NORTH is to facilitate the economic agency of remote Aboriginal artists and art centres by generating business and creating meaningful employment opportunities. In turn, we aim to strengthen community pride and agency.
NORTH creates products of exceptional quality and beauty in order to showcase the quality of our artists’ work and to introduce the skills and capabilities of Indigenous textile artists to the high-end Australian design market.
We do this by:
– collaborating with our Indigenous artists, remote art centres and local craftspeople to develop beautiful products.
– presenting our products in a way that shares story and infuses those products with meaning and dignity.
– celebrating the beauty and quality of Indigenous textiles with our customers, the media and with our partner
art centres and artists. In doing so, we establish meaningful connections between remote artists and the broader Australian community.

Our samples are ready, our artists are excited, but it’s coming to crunch time and we need financial support to get us over the line!

Your contribution will make an absolutely markable difference in enabling us to launch this campaign, which would not be possible without philanthropic support.

– $6,000 worth of stock
– The engagement of Indigenous models
– The engagement of Indigenous translators
– Photography

This collection will generate $100,000 in total sales and should we hit our financial targets, we estimate that this collection will lead to our enterprise becoming self-funded in four years time.

The Warlu fashion collection will support NORTH to progress on our path towards full financial sustainability, and it will also permit us to achieve full Indigenous involvement and partnership.

At present NORTH is run by a team of passionate and dedicated volunteers.

Thank you so much for your consideration.

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NORTH acknowledges that our business activities take place on Aboriginal land. We are committed to conducting a viable enterprise that respects culture, land, language and self-determination.

Aboriginal culture has ancient heritage and today it thrives and has evolved to incorporate new ways of sharing story. As such, screen-printing and other textile practice signifies a new medium to share story and a new space for artists to develop creatively.

NORTH exists as a vessel to celebrate, support and broaden the exposure of textile design by Indigenous artists living remotely on their country.

Working together with top end art centres and Australian craftspeople, we are dedicated to honouring the cultural importance and significance of storytelling through the means in which we communicate with our artists, customers and partners. Working in this way ensures that transaction of goods is never deprived of human connection and meaning.

NORTH’s goal is to be a profitable business with a deep social impact aim promoting Indigenous engagement, employment and self sufficiency. Since its inception in December 2015, we have created and produced five collections comprising cushions, lifestyle goods, commercial upholstery fabrics and silk sleepwear. We have also laid the groundwork for a silk fashion collaboration.


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